College's Dr. Michael Reilly Guest Editor of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Special Issue
It is crucial that we examine these findings and use the information they provide to improve emergency preparation and disaster response systems
Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A.
Vice President of Communications
New York Medical College
First official release of findings from the 31 federally-funded research projects on Hurricane Sandy’s impact in the four years since the storm
A special issue of the Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal was recently commissioned by the United States Department of Health and Human Services; the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the National Institutes of Health. The issue opens with the featured editorial, “Investigating the Public Health Impact of Hurricane Sandy,” which was written by the issue’s guest editor-in-chief Michael Reilly, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., along with his co-editors, Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., and Stephen S. Morse, Ph.D.
The literature and data presented in this special issue are from 31 initial projects that were funded following Hurricane Sandy to evaluate areas of resiliency and recovery and to identify issues in areas related to health care delivery, the public health system’s response, risk communication, environmental hazards and many others. The findings that appear in this special issue provide important insights into disaster recovery and public health response in the immediate and prolonged aftermath of a natural disaster.
“It is crucial that we examine these findings and use the information they provide to improve emergency preparation and disaster response systems on both national and local levels,” said Dr. Reilly. “Having a well-thought-out and established public health preparation plan will prove to save lives and limit damage to infrastructure in the future.”
The Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal is an official publication of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
The full issue can be found here: http://bit.ly/28NVuhN
About the Journal
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (DMPHP) is the first comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally. The journal seeks to translate science into practice and integrate medical and public health perspectives. DMPHP is an official journal of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, and is produced by Cambridge University Press.
About the Society
The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (SDMPH) aims to evolve a discipline around disaster medicine and public health. The society's goal is to improve global health security, with the involvement and development of global health professionals and others who are involved in responding to and/or managing significant events. The mission of the SDMPH is to advance and promote excellence in education, training and research in disaster medicine and public health for all potential health system responders based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices.
About New York Medical College
Founded in 1860, NYMC is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 19,000 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers advanced degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Practice. The College manages more than $32.6 million in research and other sponsored programs, notably in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, kidney disease, the neurosciences, disaster medicine, and vaccine development. With a network of affiliated hospitals that includes large urban medical centers, small suburban clinics and high-tech regional tertiary care facilities, NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities throughout the tri-state region for medical students, residents, and other health providers. For more information, visit www.nymc.edu.